Monday, January 21, 2013

Resource: The National Bankrupcy Archives

The Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania is the home of the National Bankruptcy Archives. According to the website,
In October 2000, the Biddle Law Library and the American College of Bankruptcy collaborated to create a special collection entitled the National Bankruptcy Archives (NBA), a national repository of materials relating to the history of debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy and the reorganization of debt. The NBA collects records from the American College of Bankruptcy as well as from other organizations whose activities have been relevant to the history of bankruptcy and insolvency legislation, regulation, and administrative and judicial determination. The NBA also houses papers of individuals who have influenced the field, and other collections documenting the history of bankruptcy law.
The site provides finding aids, a listing of individuals and groups whose papers are held, relevant additional holdings, and a video on the scope and use of the materials. The library is also engaged in related digitization projects, with several series of lectures and also a group of oral interviews available on-line.The latest of these is "An Early History of the United States Trustee Program: Three Pioneers Reflect."